On March 15th a lovely article was published on BuzzFeed, 27 Easy Weeknight Dinners Your Kids Will Actually Like :“Picky” isn’t always synonymous with “difficult.” It's not? Are they sure?
|"All the green stuff"|
I am the personal chef to a legitimate picky eater. I am the friend to several other mothers with legitimate picky eaters. We have all dined together with our picky children and I assure you that no legitimate picky eater is going anywhere near any of these recipes. There are 2 that a few picky eaters may be persuaded to eat but even they would require some real coaxing.
My picky eater was not always a picky eater. For the first 2 years of his life he ate everything and anything I put in front of him. Being a bit of a "foodie" (I hate that word but if the shoe fits...) this delighted me to no end. I am also pretty good in the kitchen. It is one of the few skills that I will openly admit to being good at, I am confident that I absolutely know my way around a kitchen. I feel this is important information because I think that people assume (I was guilty of this myself!) picky eaters are a result of under-exposure or bad cooking. This is absolutely not the case.
Being the personal chef to a picky eater is pretty frustrating, so when I come across an article with ideas to get my picky eater to eat...well, I pay attention! There are endless lists and articles and even cookbooks available with ideas but I have always found the offerings to be totally unrealistic in terms of prep/cook time and/or totally off the mark. This latest article had me in hysterics. I wish there was a nicer way to say, "I call MAJOR bull shit!" I imagined cooking each and every one of these meals and serving them to my children and I imagined how at least one (if not both) would respond...and then I had an idea...I would show my 4 1/2 year old, real life, legitimate picky eater all 27 of these delectable meals in all their food styled glory and tell him the name of the dish...and film his real time reaction.
I have intentionally not edited this footage. Trust me, I wanted to because I did not anticipate being on camera and I was NOT camera ready by any stretch. In the interest in capturing and sharing the REAL reactions without any editing trickery, I present to you...
"Tomatoes and Weeds"